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Gumshoe detective walk needs ‘test drivers’

June 24th, 2015 by Doree

The annual fundraising Gumshoe 5K Walk returns July 31-Aug. 9, taking participants on a scenic and fun walk through our neighborhood while looking for clues to complete the form for a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. Since 2005, the Gumshoe has raised more than $38,000 for three Greenwood non-profits — Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

The event has been streamlined this year – dropping the Eatsy Street and GumShop photo clue “games within the game” — and now has additional administrative support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, said Mike Veitenhans, who organizes the event and is known as the Gumshoe Answer Man that participants can call when they can’t figure out a clue.

Veitenhans is looking for two volunteers to “test drive” this year’s walk, which involves solving the draft clues while Veitenhans follows along and takes notes so he can tweak the clues into their final form. In return for their time and since they’ve done the walk, the volunteers will receive free Gumshoe entry forms and are eligible to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses being offered as prizes this year.

If you’d like to be a “test driver,” email AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.

(Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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Women’s World Cup live on the big screen at Phinney Center

June 10th, 2015 by Doree

Once again the Phinney Neighborhood Association is showing select live games of the World Cup on a huge screen. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help pay for the 14-by-8-foot screen and projector. Suggested donations are $3 per game for adults, $2 per game for children under 18, and $10 per game for families of four or more. Entry is first come, first seated.

Games are shown in Community Hall in the Brick Building, on North 67th Street and Dayton Avenue North; enter through the PNA’s lower parking lot.

The following games will be shown:

  • June 16, 5 p.m. – USA vs. Nigeria
  • June 30, 4 p.m. – Semi-final
  • July 1, 4 p.m. – Semi-final
  • July 4, 1 p.m. – Third-place match
  • July 5, 4 p.m. – Final

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PNA Village looking for volunteer coordinator/AmeriCorps employee to start this fall

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Village is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator & Fall Prevention Lead-AmeriCorps employee to start on Sept. 1 through July 15, 2016.

The Volunteer Coordinator, based at our site in North Seattle, engages a variety of community volunteers who contribute their time and talent to provide services to members in our Village. As the Fall Prevention Lead, you will be responsible for research, attending and completing Matter of Balance (MOB) certification training, delivery of classes to members, and assessing the efficacy of MOB classes.

The PNA Village, a program of the PNA, is an aging- in-community membership program. The PNA Village provides support, expertise, and services to members who want to have the practical means and confidence to live safely and comfortably in their own homes and neighborhoods.

Compensation includes a $1,195 monthly stipend, health insurance coverage, bus pass and $5,730 education award at completion.

Click here for a PDF with more details of the position.  Apply for the position here.

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Reminder: City Council District 6 candidates forum is Saturday at PNA

June 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council and Phinney Neighborhood Association are hosting a candidates forum for the new Seattle City Council District 6 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook, Jon Lisbin and Stan Shaufler will answer questions on zoning, land use, development, transportation, environment, civic engagement, public safety, etc.

“The move to district elections represents one of the biggest political changes in Seattle in years,” PRCC board member Ted Inkley said in a press release. “It’s important that District residents learn the views of those who want to represent them, and equally important that the candidates hear residents’ concerns. This is especially critical given the important decisions facing City Hall during this time of rapid growth and change in Seattle.”

District 6 covers Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Fremont. Click here for a PDF map of District 6. Click here for information on all districts.

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PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is Saturday

May 26th, 2015 by Doree

The huge annual PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, is coming up this Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coordinated by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the sale features more than 100 garage sales throughout the neighborhood, attracting bargain hunters from throughout the city (so be careful of extra traffic and pedestrians).

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You can check out the online interactive map to see what each seller is hoping to unload.

The PNA also hosts a flea market in the lower parking lot, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., plus a tool sale at the PNA Tool Library at 6615 Dayton Ave. N.

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Seattle City Council District 6 candidates forum is June 6

May 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council and Phinney Neighborhood Association are hosting a candidates forum for the new Seattle City Council District 6 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook, Jon Lisbin and Stan Shaufler will answer questions on zoning, land use, development, transportation, environment, civic engagement, public safety, etc.

District 6 covers Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Fremont. Click here for a PDF map of District 6. Click here for information on all districts.

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PNA hiring new Village Manager

May 12th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hiring a new manager for the PNA Village, an aging in community program that helps people stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged while they age.

The PNA Village encompasses three primary program areas, with services provided primarily by community volunteers and Village members:

Network of Helpers – help with small tasks and larger projects from neighborly volunteers. Examples of help might include yard maintenance, minor home repairs, transportation or shopping assistance, or help with pets. PNA Village members may also serve in a volunteer capacity, sharing their abilities with other Village members.

Information & Referrals – assistance in finding the resources to meet members’ changing needs, including a preferred vendor list, each vendor having been vetted by the PNA Village. Examples might include plumbers, electricians, painters, dog walkers, tech support or lawn mowing services.

Community Building Activities – programs and events to help Village members stay connected to their community while making new friends. Examples might include conversation groups, educational programs, information about issues of concern to members, or book and movie discussions.

The Village opened its doors three years ago and currently has 100 members, with more joining each month. The manager reports to the Director of Senior Programs, will supervise an AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator and join a deeply committed and spirited Advisory Board that are dedicated to building a strong community.

For a complete job description and benefits information, email hr@phinneycenter.org. Resumes due by 5 p.m. on May 27.

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Still time to get your sale on the map for neighborhood Garage Sale Day on May 30

May 11th, 2015 by Doree

More than 100 homes will be on the official map of the PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, set for Saturday, May 30, and coordinated by the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The PNA will produce both a printed map and an online interactive map.

This is a huge event in our neighborhood, attracting thousands of bargain hunters from around the city. The PNA also hosts a flea market in the lower parking lot, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., plus a tool sale at the PNA Tool Library at 6615 Dayton Ave. N.

Sellers can list general and specialty items to attract buyers. Register your sale by May 23 online or call 206-783-2244.

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‘The Big One’ artwalk coming up this Friday and Saturday with 100+ artists at 70 Phinney-Greenwood galleries and businesses

May 4th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual artwalk is coming up this Friday and Saturday. The 20th annual PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One is officially from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, but many galleries and other businesses will host artists and parties later on Friday night.

More than 100 artists working in various mediums will be at 70 businesses from North 65th to North 87 streets throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, but mostly along Phinney and Greenwood avenues. Some businesses will have special musical performances inside or outside on the sidewalk. You’ll also likely see street performers, children’s activities and chalk art. Check out the artwalk website for a map and list of all participating businesses and artists. You can also get a printed map at participating sites this week.

Several restaurants and pubs will offer artwalk specials (check the website for details).

Historically the Friday night event packs the sidewalks with many hundreds of people, so if you’re driving through the neighborhood, please be extra cautious of pedestrians.

Here are just a few highlights:

American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. will have special dance performances from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature artists Katarina Schmidt and Thendara Kida-Gee (below), along with displays of “Creative Art for Seniors” classes by Betsy Dahlstrom.

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Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., will have a group show featuring art created by ILS students ages 5-13 (below), plus art made by the teachers.

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Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature Casey Brookbush’s paintings of musicians and spaceships.

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Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Mark O’Malley’s folk art paintings of storefronts along Phinney and Greenwood avenues.

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Two Birds Tattoo, 7408 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Cute for a Cause, which includes art and goods and gift certificates on silent auction with all proceeds going to Old Dog Haven and The Seattle Animal Shelter. Donations of pet supplies or pet food welcomed; and there will be a face painter and a puppy kissing booth.

All Art Up PhinneyWood Art Walks, including The BIG One in May and smaller ones during the other 11 months, are organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association. You can contact the Arts Council by emailing artupphinneywood@gmail.com.

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